Department of Early Childhood, Special Education and Rehabilitation Counseling
218 Taylor Education Building
Kera Ackerman’s lifelong focus has been on increasing academic and social outcomes for children with disabilities. She holds both a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in special education, and has earned National Board Certification as an Exceptional Needs Specialist. The first 11 years of her career were spent as a special educator in public schools in four states.
After settling in Kentucky, Ms. Ackerman began her career in higher education first at Midway College (2006-2013) and now at the University of Kentucky. As a lecturer at UK, she teaches several lecture classes and is the student teaching supervisor. Her research interests include systematic instruction and evidence based practices in co-taught and general education settings. She has presented to teachers, colleagues, and pre-service teachers on topics related to special education such as: (a) Social Skills Development, (b) Legal Issues in Special Education, (c) Differentiated Instruction, (d) Restraint and Seclusion, and (e) Systematizing the Common Core through Graphic Organizers.
Ms. Ackerman is the secretary for the Kentucky Teacher Education Division of the Council for Exceptional Children, and has served on the standard setting committee for the PRAXIS Series assessments. In the community, she serves as a KTIP teacher educator and has mentored more than thirty KTIP interns in Fayette and Woodford counties.